Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 17, Round 5 – Posts 1-32

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Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 17th Stage (the first of 5th Round of competition! There are only 4 blogs/articles left in the Tour!) of the 2012 My Personal Finance Journey Tour de Personal Finance (to follow all of the action, click on the Tour de Personal Finance category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject).


As I mentioned in the introduction post for the 2012 Tour de PF, I have reserved the reader portion of my 10% monthly blog income give back event for both June and July as prize money to the Yellow Jersey winner and runner-up/second place podium finisher. The Yellow Jersey winner will also select a charity of their choice to receive the charity portion of the 10% monthly blog income give back.

At the time that I mentioned these prizes, I did not yet know the exact quantities that they would be. However, I now have everything calculated, and the prizes will be as follows:

  • Prize to Yellow Jersey Winner – $75.00
  • Amount that will be given to a charity chosen by the Yellow Jersey Winner – $123.05 
  • Prize to 2nd place podium finisher – $50.00

To view the most up-to-date brackets of the competition, click the following link – 2012 Tour de PF Bracket.

Going along with Tour de France cycling tradition, I’ve listed each competition within each stage as an “intermediate sprint” (one post versus another) along with the description provided by the blog author when the post was submitted.

Also, if applicable, I will give a brief description of the stage of the Tour de France that took place the same day as (or that has happened since the previous Stage of) the competition.


You can vote for the one article (one from the one intermediate sprint in the case of today’s Stage) you’d like to see proceed in the Tour by commenting in the comments section below and telling which are your favorites.

I’ve listed a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote (as a made-up example, you can just comment: Sprint 1: Mutual, etc.) Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two! Criteria for the best article is completely up to you, but you can use these factors as a guide: 1) post of your favorite blogger, 2) most interesting post, 3) most thought-provoking post, 4) most unique post, or 5) most actionable post.

Here are today’s competitions:

Voting will continue until July 21th for this Stage!


  • Pay Off Mortgage Early or Invest– The Complete Guide (Mortgage): Should I pay off my mortgage early or invest? Forget the dangerous half-truths and over-simplified conventional wisdom about getting out of debt. Instead, learn the many dimensions to paying off your mortgage early in this complete guide so you can make a smart financial decision that perfectly fits your personal situation.

    • Should You Charge Your Boomerang Kids Rent? (Boomerang): It’s no longer a given that kids will move out on their own when college ends. In fact, there’s a term for this group – Boomerang Kids. Should you charge rent to these boomerang kids?


      Today’s stage in the Tour de France (Stage 17) is another high mountains stage taking the riders 144 km from Bagnères-de-Luchon – PeyragudesThe stage is going on right now, so I’ll be sure to bring an update on the result when the other intermediate sprints go live later today. 

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        1. Boomerang

        2. freefrombroke says:

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        6. David Leonhardt says:

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        10. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winner is Boomerang and will advance to the Final Championship sprint, starting today! Thanks to everyone for voting and participating!
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        11. Thanks Jacob. It was a great tour.
          I appreciate your efforts in pulling it together for everyone.

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        12. Allen Sutton says:


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